In my last review, I discussed that we had been taking a break from reviewing massive and costly circumstances so as to overview samples that had been smaller and extra funds oriented. Well, it seems that break could have been quick lived, and whereas immediately’s pattern more than likely fails to satisfy most reader definitions of small, it a minimum of contains a price ticket that received’t fully blow your funds. Standing tall at a grand 19.1” the Enthoo Evolv Shift is the smaller and extra funds pleasant of the two newest additions to Phanteks’ Enthoo Series of circumstances.
* Height With Feet
** Third 2.5″ Drive Bracket Sold Separate
Like its bigger counterpart, the tall, slim design of the Evolv Shift is definitely mistaken as a tower speaker or some kind of summary wanting room fan at first look. Phanteks’ purpose for the Evolv Shift circumstances was to design one thing with a premium appear and feel that may look good anyplace in a house or workplace surroundings. We suppose the corporate achieved that purpose, and as an added bonus, it did so whereas conserving the value of each circumstances effectively south of $200.
Both the Evolv Shift and the bigger Evolv Shift X characteristic the identical anodized aluminum and tempered glass exterior, hooked up to a powder coated metal body. However, the $110 Evolv Shift drops the additional 7” of peak in addition to the additional water cooling and storage capability discovered within the $160 Evolv Shift X.
In order to protect the clear look of the entrance panel, Phanteks selected to cover the entrance I/O ports, inserting them on the rear of the case on the left facet. Furthermore, given the gap to the entrance of the case, in addition to the truth that it’s doable to make use of the case in both a horizontal or vertical orientation, Phanteks selected to omit the entrance audio ports, leaving the Evolv Shift with solely a pair of USB three.zero ports.
Continuing with the theme of non-traditionally positioned entrance I/O interfaces, Phanteks tucked the ability button away on the highest of the case together with a smaller unmarked button. According to the handbook, this thriller button controls the case’s RGB lighting system. By default, the one RGB lighting discovered on the Shift and Shift X is their energy button, seen above because the small white bar within the middle of the picture. The built-in controller offers customers the choice of increasing the lighting with as much as 5 meters of LED strips in addition to any of the Glacier Series waterblocks from Phanteks. Finally, the controller additionally comes with a typical Four-pin motherboard connector for added management by succesful boards.
With only a slight press the spring hinged high panel pops open to disclose the management field for the RGB lighting in addition to a detachable mud filter, and as you could have seen, a hidden compartment.
This hidden compartment is dwelling to what’s historically the rear panel of most circumstances. Inside is a cutout for the rear I/O defend of a motherboard in addition to an offset pair of enlargement slots. We additionally discover the captive thumbscrews that assist safe the entrance, rear, and facet panels to the case.
While there’s a large gap on the rear of this compartment for cables to cross by, we discovered that there could also be a problem with the depth of the compartment with the highest closed. During our testing, we discovered that the highest cowl was unable to shut correctly with a DVI cable linked to the graphics card because of the peak of the connector. Users could run into points if they’ve peripherals with massive, rigid connectors.
The rear panel is apparent because of the relocation of a lot of the cutouts and slots to the compartment on high of the case. However, as a result of the design of the case relocates the ability provide mount prefer it relocates nearly all the pieces else, a plug stays on the backside of the case for feeding energy to the ability provide’s new location.
The tempered glass facet panels on the Shift and Shift X present a really beneficiant view within the case, and may assist include a few of the noise generated by the case internals. Because the panels use the screws inside the highest compartment to connect to the case, the thumbscrews on the skin of the panels are primarily ornamental, except you by accident break a panel and wish to maneuver the mounts.
After eradicating the outer panels, we discovered ourselves with nearly unrestricted entry to the within of the case for an nearly easy constructing expertise. The entrance of the Shift options two 140mm or 120mm fan mounts and with a 140mm fan pre-installed within the high mount. Meanwhile, Phanteks leaves it to the consumer to fill the underside mount with both a fan or a radiator. Finally, a pair of cutouts and completely put in hook and loop cable ties present cable administration for the entrance panel.
The again of the case options extra cable ties, an air consumption cutout on the backside for the ability provide, and a mount up high for storage. By default, this mount accepts a three.5” drive however might also be used with a 2.5” drive. However, so as to take action, customers will both should relocate one of many 2.5” drive sleds from contained in the case or purchase a 3rd one from Phanteks.
There is one other storage mount within the case, with two pre-installed sleds for two.5” drives. Below the 2 drive sleds is a tray for managing cables, full with a cable tie. The horizontal bar with Phanteks’ brand on the entrance of the tray additionally flips down giving customers a bit extra clearance when putting in the motherboard.
Behind the motherboard tray sits a PCIe x16 riser and extension cable for mounting a graphics card. The default orientation of the riser faces the fan inward in the direction of the motherboard. Even although this implies the cardboard now has to cope with a little bit of heat air from the again of the board, it offers higher airflow than the reverse orientation, which places the cooling fan instantly up in opposition to the facet panel of the case. However, the bracket is reversible for customers with liquid cooled playing cards who want to have the waterblock seen by the facet of the case.
The backside panel of the case is detachable, and beneath it resides a mount with mud filter for a 140mm or 120mm radiator or cooling fan, and a mount for an SFX kind issue energy provide. The large toes on the underside panel are detachable, enabling the Shift to put flat when positioned horizontally.
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